World News: 3 Americans Killed in Afghanistan; Syria, Libya, Pakistan Drone, Turkey Updates; Mandela's Health?

By: AP
By: AP
Insider attack kills 3 Americans in Afghanistan... Car bomb kills 7 people in central Syrian city as government troops press offensive north... 7 killed in clashes in eastern Libya

A U.S. soldier arrives to the scene where a suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 16, 2013. (Credit: AP)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials in Afghanistan say a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on American trainers working with him in the country's east today, killing three of them.
The provincial governor's office says the gunfire erupted during argument between the Afghan soldier and his trainers. It says the soldier was also killed in the exchange and three other foreign trainers were wounded.
The international coalition says two American service members and one U.S. civilian died. It says a second Afghan man was arrested after the shooting and an investigation into the incident is underway.
So far this year, there have been five insider attacks on foreign forces, with a total of eight troops and one U.S. contractor killed. However, the number of such attacks has eased compared with last year.
Meanwhile, in the western province of Farah, an Italian soldier was killed and three others wounded in a grenade attack. The Taliban quickly took responsibility, claiming that the attacker was an 11-year-old boy. The provincial government disputes that, saying an adult man was seen throwing a grenade, then escaping by blending into the crowd at a nearby vegetable market.

BEIRUT (AP) -- A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden car in Syria's central city of Homs.
A state-owned television station reports the bomb tore through an area largely populated by the regime's Alawite sect, killing seven people. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but car bombs are the usual tactic employed by Sunni extremists among the rebel ranks.
Meanwhile, government troops took control of a key village between Qusair and Homs, as President Bashar Assad's regime presses its offensive aimed at clearing a path between Damascus and the Mediterranean coast.
With the help of Lebanese Hezbollah (hez-BUH'-lah) fighters, government forces have been chasing rebels from long-held strategic areas linking the capital with the government strongholds along the Mediterranean. It gained momentum this week after seizing the strategic city of Qusair and the army has begun advancing north toward the cities of Homs and Aleppo.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A health official in Libya's second largest city of Benghazi says seven people have been killed in clashes between protesters and former rebels aligned with the military.
The doctor in Benghazi's main hospital said the gunfight also left 37 people wounded. He gave no further details about the injured.
A security official in Benghazi says clashes erupted Saturday after protesters stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield, a grouping of pro-government militias tasked to maintain security.
Both officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The protesters were demanding the gunmen to lay down their weapons and come under the full authority of Libya's security forces.
Benghazi was also the site of the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Just days after taking power, Pakistan's new government has summoned a top U.S. envoy to lodge a protest over a U.S. drone strike.
Last night's drone strike near the Afghan border is said to have killed seven militants. It came two days after Nawaz Sharif (nah-WAHZ' shah-REEF') was sworn in as premier and the same day his Cabinet members took their oaths.
Sharif has said he wants to pursue peace talks with militants threatening his country and has insisted that the U.S. stop the drone strikes. He says the attacks violate Pakistan's sovereignty and are counterproductive because they often kill innocent civilians and stoke anti-U.S. sentiment in the country.
The U.S. insists the CIA-run strikes primarily kill al-Qaida and other militants who threaten the West as well as efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. In a recent speech, President Barack Obama pledged more transparency and restrictions on the highly secretive program.

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating in Istanbul's main square today and thousands more turned out in central Ankara as protests challenging Turkey's prime minister enter their ninth day.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) convened his party leadership today as an opposition leader urged the government to call early elections and renew its mandate. But the governing party rejected the calls for early elections, dismissing the protests as an opposition attempt to topple the government.
The protests were initially sparked by outrage over a violent police action to oust an environmental protest in Taksim Square on May 31. They quickly spread to 78 cities across the country, evolving into a general condemnation of Erdogan. Protesters say he has grown authoritarian in his 10 years in power and accuse him of trying to introduce his religious and conservative mores in a country governed by secular laws.
Three people have died -- two protesters and a policeman -- and thousands have been injured in the protests.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian indigenous rights activists say the number of Indians killed in Latin America's biggest country has been rising since 2002.
The Roman Catholic Church-backed Indigenous Missionary Council says 452 Indians were killed between 2002 and 2010 compared to 167 killed between 1995 and 2002. The council says conflicts between ranchers and Indians account for most of the killings. Indigenous groups say their ancestral lands are being occupied by ranchers.
The council's executive secretary told CBN radio Saturday that the increased killings are mostly due to government delays in the demarcation of indigenous territory.
Meanwhile, the head of Brazil's federal indigenous affairs agency tendered her resignation on Friday amid rising Indian-rancher tension in central-western Brazil.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he has asked that plans be halted to restrict sales of 20 basic food products in a western border state.
Many had considered the plan to limit sales of price-controlled items such as cooking oil, flour, chicken and toilet paper in Zulia state tantamount to food rationing in a country plagued by worsening shortages of staples.
Maduro called the plan "insane" in a TV appearance Saturday and said he asked Gov. Francisco Arias Cardenas to scrap it.
Arias administration officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
They said last week that the scheme could begin as early as Monday and that it wasn't rationing but rather an anti-contraband effort as the goods are more expensive in neighboring Colombia.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela is described as being in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection.
South Africa's former president is 94 years old and has been hospitalized several times in recent months. He has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems after contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment under apartheid.
A statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma says Mandela it receiving expert medical care in the Pretoria hospital and "doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable."
Mandela has become more frail in recent years and last made a public appearance at the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, where he didn't deliver an address and was bundled against the cold.
In late April, state television broadcast footage of visit by Zuma and other leaders to Mandela at his Johannesburg home. Zuma said at the time that Mandela was in good shape, but the footage showed him silent and unresponsive, even when Zuma tried to hold his hand.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Authorities say a boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers capsized in the Indian Ocean. At least nine bodies have been recovered and no survivors have yet been found.
Australian Customs says the submerged hull of the boat was spotted by the crew of a search plane on Friday 120 kilometers (75 nautical miles) northwest of Christmas Island, an Australian territory 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Jakarta.
An Australian navy ship joined the search and recovered nine bodies Saturday. No survivors have been seen.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Jo Meehan says up to 60 people are believed to have been aboard the boat, which was headed for Christmas Island. Their nationalities are unknown.
She says two ships and two airplanes resumed the search for survivors Sunday.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's main opposition party is denouncing a large demonstration in the capital they say was staged by supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen to intimidate rivals ahead of July elections.
More than 10,000 protesters gathered in Phnom Penh on Sunday to lash out against opposition leader Kem Sokha for allegedly saying that exhibits at a Khmer Rouge-era genocide museum in Phnom Penh were faked.
Sokha denies the allegations, and his party says the campaign against him is politically motivated.
On Friday, the National Assembly approved a bill making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed by the country's genocidal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime -- a law critics allege is being used as a weapon against Hun Sen's opponents.
Opposition lawmakers were expelled from the legislature this week.

HUAIROU, China (AP) -- The brother-in-law of China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is being sent to prison for 11 years after being convicted of fraud charges his lawyers say are trumped up.
A lawyer for Liu Hui said a court in the suburban Beijing town of Huairou handed down the sentence Sunday morning at a brief hearing.
Family members and their supporters have said the prosecution of Liu Hui is meant as further punishment of the Nobel laureate's family and is intended to intimidate other political activists.
The 11-year sentence for a disputed land deal is harsh even by Chinese standards. The fraud crime is usually punishable by up to 10 years in jail, though judge's have discretion to issue longer terms for egregious cases.

PARIS (AP) -- Some Parisians want just a little bit more of their city to go to the dogs.
At least 100 pooches -- with owners in tow, holding leashes -- marched near the Louvre at a demonstration to demand more park space and access to public transportation for the four-legged friends.
Tongues and tails wagged Saturday under a warm Paris sun as collies, pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Labradors and other breeds paraded around the famed Paris museum.
Organizers of the canine-citizen march dubbed "My Dog, My City" estimate about 200,000 dogs live in Paris. They say other cities like New York, London, Montreal and Brussels offer more dog-oriented public spaces.
According to the city's website, two of Paris' 20 sections have only one reserved public park space for dogs. Leashes are required.

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